Civetone is a macrocyclic ketone and the main odorous constituent of civet. It is a pheromone sourced from the African Civet. It has a strong musky odor that becomes pleasant at extreme dilutions. Civetone is closely related to muscone, the principal odoriferous compound found in musk. Today, civetone can be synthesized from precursor chemicals fo...
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(from the article `Ruika, Leopold`) Ruika`s investigations of natural odoriferous compounds, begun in 1916, culminated in the discovery that the molecules of muskone and civetone, ...
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